Wednesday, April 10, 2013

UNO Survey Reveals Strong Support for Mayor Landrieu in Orleans Parish

The results of a new survey from the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center show New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu continues to enjoy strong support from Orleans Parish residents with a robust 70 percent job approval rating. The New Orleans City Council is also viewed positively, with a 53 percent job approval rating, according to the survey.

The UNO Survey Research Center conducted the survey in Orleans Parish from Feb. 16-28. Surveyors interviewed 552 residents by telephone using a random-digit dialing sampling frame that included both landlines and cell phones. The survey has a sampling error of +/- 4.2 percent  .

Landrieu's 70 percent job approval rating is in line with the 69 percent approval rating he received in the UNO Survey Research Center's 2012 Quality of Life Survey and slightly lower than the 75 percent approval rating measured in the 2010 Quality of Life Survey taken shortly after his election, according to Ed Chervenak, director of the UNO Survey Research Center.

"The mayor's approval ratings provide him with the political capital that can help him implement his vision and programs," said Chervenak, a UNO assistant professor of political science.

The survey results show there was some statistically significant variation in Landrieu's approval across the ethnic/racial groups in the city. Whites are most approving of the mayor, with African-Americans, Hispanics, and those who identified ethnically as "other" giving the mayor high marks for his performance. Asians were the only ethnic/racial group to give the mayor a less than ringing endorsement, Chervenak said.

The mayor's approval also varies by age. A majority of 18 to 25-year-olds approve of the mayor, but they are the group least likely to strongly approve of his handling of his job. One quarter of 26 to 35-year-olds disapprove of Landrieu's performance, but not as intensely as some of the other age groups.

The New Orleans City Council registered a solid 53 percent approval rating, but there is also variation across ethnic/racial communities in the city, Chervenak said. The city council enjoys high job approval ratings among whites, with 7 in 10 expressing a positive sentiment. The next most supportive group was "other," who gave the council a 57 percent job approval rating. Other ethnic/racial groups were not nearly as approving as 45 percent of both African-Americans and Hispanics rated the council positively. Asians were most critical of the council's performance with only 1 in 10 giving the council a positive rating.

See a complete breakdown of the survey results >>